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CDR with Sound Package Plus is standard equipment (at least on Canadian spec GT4s). I don't want XM or HD Radio (never use 'em) but would dearly like the ability to play MP3s through a USB port. Are you saying that the only way to get this capability is to pony up for the $3K PCM/Nav option?
From the US configuration tool:

Standard equipment:
CDR audio system with Sound Package Plus - 9 speakers and 235 Watt output, 7-inch color touch screen, AM/FM radio with double tuner, single in-dash CD drive, also plays music in MP3, AAC and WMA format

Universal Audio Interface (AUX-IN) in the glove compartment for connection of external audio sources, operated through external device


CDR Plus Audio System:
CDR Plus
High-resolution 7-inch color (touchscreen) display including radio with RDS double-tuner and single CD/DVD drive with audio playback of MP3 music and audio/video DVDs.
Universal Audio Interface
Connection for AUX-IN, USB, iPod® audio sources. Operated through external device or PCM (depending on device and connection used). The system also supports the display of cover art and playback of podcasts and audio books.
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Receiver
Enjoy your 3-month trial subscription to the All Access package with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, exclusive talk, entertainment and news. Plus listen to SiriusXM Internet Radio everywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet.
HD Radio Receiver
HD Radio technology provides access to a broad range of new digital programming on top of conventionally received FM stations. HD Radio also includes advanced audio and data features.

PCM/Nav says:

Central information and communications system with: high-resolution 7-inch WVGA (Wide Video Graphics Array) TFT color touchscreen display, radio with RDS twin tuner and scan/phase diversity for optimum reception, single CD/DVD drive supporting audio playback of audio/video DVDs and tracks in MP3 format, USB port for various iPod® and iPhone® models), MP3 players and USB memory sticks containing MP3 tracks. Supports operation by PCM,optional multifunction steering wheel or optional voice control system, AUX interface for connecting other external audio sources. Functions are operated using the controls on the connected device itselfNavigation module with: hard drive containing navigation data, dynamic route calculation (TMC), 3D map display and 3D navigation map supporting city and terrain models with satellite image overlay, automatic route tracing and subsequent reverse route navigation, and navigation by compass and GPS in regions not covered by map data
 
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From the US configuration tool:

Standard equipment:
CDR audio system with Sound Package Plus - 9 speakers and 235 Watt output, 7-inch color touch screen, AM/FM radio with double tuner, single in-dash CD drive, also plays music in MP3, AAC and WMA format

Universal Audio Interface (AUX-IN) in the glove compartment for connection of external audio sources, operated through external device


CDR Plus Audio System:
CDR Plus
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Universal Audio Interface
Connection for AUX-IN, USB, iPod® audio sources. Operated through external device or PCM (depending on device and connection used). The system also supports the display of cover art and playback of podcasts and audio books.
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This is why I'm unsure. Universal Audio Interface is used as a descriptor for both systems. Is UAI truly universal or is there a basic version (headphone jack only) for the basic CDR spec? The spec states the latter, but the name implies the same set of interfaces (AUX-IN, USB, etc.) for either.
 

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This is why I'm unsure. Universal Audio Interface is used as a descriptor for both systems. Is UAI truly universal or is there a basic version (headphone jack only) for the basic CDR spec? The spec states the latter, but the name implies the same set of interfaces (AUX-IN, USB, etc.) for either.
Precedence on the base, S and GTS indicates that there is a basic version and a plus version.
 
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Precedence on the base, S and GTS indicates that there is a basic version and a plus version.
Okay, thanks. Pretty much means that to get usable MP3 playback, I need to spend >$3K for the PCM/Nav option. Porsche strikes again!
 

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Okay, thanks. Pretty much means that to get usable MP3 playback, I need to spend >$3K for the PCM/Nav option. Porsche strikes again!
Not quite. You can go with the CDR plus option. Still a bit cheaper than the PCM/Nav.
 
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Not in Canada, unfortunately. We from the Great White North always get to sit at the kids table. Has anyone modified the CDR system to add other capabilities, or does it require yanking everything out and replacing with aftermarket stuff?
 

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On the suncoast parts website, they do say that it is possible to upgrade to the PCM-Nav, but only if you have Sound system plus installed. I wonder if they would sell the CDR+ system and if your can get it coded to work.

On the other hand the blue tooth audio connection is workable. See 'Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40'
 

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On the suncoast parts website, they do say that it is possible to upgrade to the PCM-Nav, but only if you have Sound system plus installed. I wonder if they would sell the CDR+ system and if your can get it coded to work.

On the other hand the blue tooth audio connection is workable. See 'Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40'
Thanks for the suggestion. The upgrade costs more than spec'ing it with my build, which makes me think just the CDR+ upgrade might be close to the cost of the Nav. I might just bite my tongue and get the nav - I'll see. Need to get a confirmed order first.
 

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Amazing how complex the audio options are!
I am considering upgrading from Base Audio (on a 981 GTS, US config) to CDR Plus <mostly forced to in order to get backup camera>. I'd rather get it done cleanly from the factory vs dicking around with aftermarket - possibly paying more for a mediocre install.

Not clear if the CDR Plus has the same 4 speakers and 50 watts output as the base - or does this automatically get me to 9 speakers, 235 Watts, that I have seen referenced at times.

Looks like the helpful PDF sorting the options may be incorrect.

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It is confusing and the std audio options on the S Cayman are different than on the Base Cayman.
In the US if you get CDR+ it will include the Sound system plus option if that is not all ready include in the base audio system.
On the 981-S or 981-GTS the base audio includes the 'Sound system Plus'



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Look under the 'Standard Equipment' tab on the Cayman GTS configurator screen to see the options for the GTS.

GTS Configuration
CDR audio system with Sound Package Plus - 9 speakers and 235 Watt output, 7-inch color touch screen, AM/FM radio with double tuner, single in-dash CD drive, also plays music in MP3, AAC and WMA format
 
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Canada doesn't get CDR plus, and the cost of the factory nav is so outrageous. I said f**k this, and I'm going aftermarket for my satnav and USB hookup needs. It's so much cheaper this way, and honestly, with the Suncoast double DIN bracket, it will look quite good, based on previous examples on this and other sites.
 
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Canada doesn't get CDR plus, and the cost of the factory nav is so outrageous. I said f**k this, and I'm going aftermarket for my satnav and USB hookup needs. It's so much cheaper this way, and honestly, with the Suncoast double DIN bracket, it will look quite good, based on previous examples on this and other sites.
I guess that makes sense if you are getting the additional speakers as standard. But if you aren't, then does that limit your options because you have fewer or small speaker mounts/grills?


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I guess that makes sense if you are getting the additional speakers as standard. But if you aren't, then does that limit your options because you have fewer or small speaker mounts/grills?


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I don't know the answer to this, but I would *assume* that there should be no problem vis-a-vis number of speaker mounts.

Honestly, it doesn't really matter much to me. I'm not doing this for perfect sound re-creation, but just so I have a) a good nav in the car, and b) ability to plug in my ipod or an SD card with music (mostly podcasts, to be honest). I plan on listening to the flat six as much as possible, with the top down as much as possible, so I don't want to spend bucketloads on speakers. In fact, I plan on keeping the stock speakers unless I find them to be unbearably awful, in which case I can upgrade them later.
 
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I don't know the answer to this, but I would *assume* that there should be no problem vis-a-vis number of speaker mounts.

Honestly, it doesn't really matter much to me. I'm not doing this for perfect sound re-creation, but just so I have a) a good nav in the car, and b) ability to plug in my ipod or an SD card with music (mostly podcasts, to be honest). I plan on listening to the flat six as much as possible, with the top down as much as possible, so I don't want to spend bucketloads on speakers. In fact, I plan on keeping the stock speakers unless I find them to be unbearably awful, in which case I can upgrade them later.
Yeah, I'm with you on that. I just want some basic music and news when I get stuck in traffic, which will happen from time to time even in a non-DD. Most of the time the system will be muted.

So, yeah, paying $3k for this is silly. That's my current plan, though, until I decide on something better. My order doesn't lock for another 6 weeks.


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so this is definitely not the most technologically advanced method, but there's always the option of burning MP3 CDs... does anyone else do this? I just placed an order for a 2016 CS and the base audio system supposedly supports it.
Yes, I do this for my Miata, which has a fairly old aftermarket stereo. Before a road trip, I'll burn a stack of CDs, randomizing the tracklist for each (about 100 per disc or so). It does take a bit of prep and you'll be stuck with a single playlist, but it does work well.
 

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I have read thru the entire thread. I have to reply that I am not looking for what "package" the dealers are offering I am trying to discern what size speakers are where. If I had to guess I would say probably; 1 x 3" center channel in top middle of the dash, 1 x 3" on each side of dash under/behind the vent, 1 x 6" x 9" in each front bottom of doors, 1 x 3"x 5" box behind each seat. So if i had to do my own upgrade i'm thinking
2 or 3 x 3" Alpine or pioneer speakers up front, it would be ok to leave the center one in place or disconnect it, IMHO not really needed (2 = Approx 50$)
2 x 6" x 9" 2 or 3 way kickers, pioneers or alpines in the doors, (2 = Approx 100$)
2 x 3" Kicker smaller subwoofers behind each seat, each may need its own seprate special made enclosure, (2 = Approx 50$)
1 x 2 Jbl amps that could push a solid 25-50 per speaker Approx 150$ each)
headunit: so many personal preferences out there.. i wish it could maintain the original pcm and driver it thru a better system but I would probably settle on a kenwood or pioneer head unit that runs a great nav or wait for something that runs waze. As i posted in an earlier thread..there are head units that run waze ported/or streamed from your phone> I am willing to wait for one that runs straight from the head unit. Time will tell what i end up with after my first year with the 2014 boxster but I cannot stress enough that the existing porsche head unit and systems, all of them, underperform. Cheers and hope to check in later this year with my own update.
 
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